The Blair Flair

By: qwerty53

Jul 25 2010

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Blaire Blackmon has found a place to be herself. Perched on her colorfully ribbon-wrapped stool, with her blue Indiana Madison guitar and rainbow-rimmed sunglasses, her music gives off the aura of a ‘60s coffeehouse or a Sunday afternoon in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village.

Essentially a singer/songwriter, Blackmon covers a few songs by Colbie Caillat, but says, “I really am not influenced much by anyone in particular. I like to be original in everything I do.”

Blackmon says she tried cheerleading and sports through middle school, but none seemed a fit. A guitar her mother bought for her on ebay when she was fourteen became a turning point.

Her song, Better Things in Life, expresses Blackmon’s philosophy to appreciate the little things in life. “You can’t put a dollar figure on everything that’s good in life. Open up your eyes to see all the beautiful things that money could never buy . . . Money is not what makes the sun shine.”

Mom, Teri Blackmon, says her daughter is a ‘different little bird,’ as she lounges nearby, singing along with her daughter’s lyrics. Here is a strong and supportive mother-teen daughter relationship.

Blackmon joined the PHS band her freshman year. She came home saying, “These people get me.”

“Mr. Burnside has made the PHS band a community,” Blackmon enthuses. Older students take the young ones under their wings to create an aura of camaraderie and support.

Her fellow band members, she says, are ‘sweeter, more random people, who just want to have fun.’ They are friends who meet at one another’s house to cook pancakes or to stream someone’s car with Sponge Bob floaties.

Blackmon is part of the drum corps at PHS that soon begins their three-week summer intensive.

“The drum corps is the heart-beat of the band; we have to learn the cadence and play as one.”

Blackmon has played cymbals, marimba and this year, the bass drum.

Blackmon anticipates college in the future at JSU or UAB, where she will play the marimba. Beyond that, she hopes to travel and see the world, playing her guitar.

“I would like to spend a year in NYC on my own, with no assistance—living the life of a street performer,” she says.

“You only live once. Appreciate life, appreciate the little things, but don’t get into trouble and don’t do bad things,” says Blackmon.

Her colorful expressiveness has even been tagged by friends and family as The Blair Flair.


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